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Which Janet Jackson Are You?

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In honor of Janet Jackson's Unbreakable Tour, we're taking a look at the many incarnations of the Queen of Pop. Which Janet are you?

Could This Be the End for Iggy Azalea?

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Although she was one of the hottest names in music last year, Iggy Azalea has received nothing but negative attention in recent months. While it’s too early to tell for sure, it seems that Iggy’s career is in jeopardy of being over as fast as it began. Let’s take a look back at the rise of the rapper, as well as the recent events that have sent her career into a downward spiral.

First off, what Iggy Azalea has accomplished over her career was groundbreaking: she became a successful Caucasian Australian female rapper in a genre of music that primarily consists of male African American artists. After growing up in a tiny town in New South Wales, Australia, Azalea dropped out of high school at 15 and bought a one-way ticket to the United States shortly before her 16th birthday. Eventually settling in Los Angeles, Azalea released her debut mixtape Ignorant Art, which led her to become both the first female and non-American rapper selected for hip hop magazine XXL 's annual Top 10 Freshman cover issue, in 2011. Before Azalea knew it, she was signed to Def Jam and Virgin EMI and began work on her debut album, The New Classic. The album dropped in April 2014 and made its way to the top of the Billboard US Top Rap Albums chart. Her single “Fancy” became the unofficial anthem of summer 2014, peaking at the number one spot on multiple Billboard charts. When “Fancy” occupied the No. 1 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Ariana Grande song, “Problem,” which featured Azalea, occupied the No. 2 spot, making Azalea the only musician besides The Beatles to simultaneously hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spot on Billboard charts.

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Father's Day Contest Wrap Up

First off, Happy Father’s Day! Secondly, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the “Why Is Your Dad Rad?” contest! You can take our word for it, selecting who has the raddest dad based on your submissions was about as far from easy as it gets. Congratulations to our winners! And remember, even if you didn’t win, that doesn’t make your dad any less rad!

Why Is Your Dad Rad?
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World Music Day: A Brief History of Live Music

A History of Live Music

Today, June 21, is World Music Day. What's that, you ask? It's an annual day for the celebration of music. Cities from around the world put on concerts, most of which are free to the public. The day was established in 1982 in by then-French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, as Fête de la Musique. Now, more than 700 cities all across the world hold events every year. Another name for the celebration is Make Music Day, and some of the performances can be found at the Make Music website.

We here at TicketNetwork.com don't have a concert to contribute, but we still wanted to do something to help celebrate the day. So we're happy to present A Brief History of Live Music, a timeline of musical developments throughout history that led to today's live concert.

The idea behind the timeline is that, even though we know what a live musical performance looks like today, it wasn't always the case that an artist or a band played in a big venue like an arena or a stadium. Actually, a dedicated venue with for musical acts with very large audiences is a relatively recent phenomenon. Even the concept of playing music exclusively for the public has only been around for a historical blink of an eye.

So take a gander, and enjoy!

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CONCACAF

The year was 1991. Not only was this the first ever CONCACAF Gold Cup, but it also marked the first major title for U.S. soccer. Triumphing 4-3 in a shootout against Honduras, this now-distant-but-historic final is recognized virtually as the birth of international football in the United States.

The year is now 2015 and once again, the CONCACAF Gold Cup returns to U.S. soil as the host of the 13th edition of this tournament. On July 7, there will be two featured matches from Group A to kick off the field play at Toyota Stadium in Dallas, Texas. First, Panama takes on Haiti, before the USA squares off with Honduras in a meeting that will mark the 25th year anniversary of when both clubs squared off against one another for the first-ever Gold Cup Final.

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